As a Third Culture Kid inhabiting in non-places of generic cities, I have always been concerned with the subject of cultural hybridity. In the age of cultural cannibalism where everything is brought together and rearranged to formulate new identities, I reiterate folklores and classical literatures into contemporized cross-cultural narratives. The Pet series paintings transform mystical intimacies between man and animal to represent complex urbanites’ obsession with pet ownerships, while the Mythopoeia series portray cynical mistranslations of stories such as Moby Dick. The paintings illustrate the nomadic solitary experience of drifting among various traditions, and the obscurity of cultural boundaries today.
Born in Taiwan and grew up in Thailand, Eleen Lin holds an MFA in Painting from Yale University School of Art, a BA from Slade School of Fine Art, UK. Her work has been exhibited in Guangdong Museum of Art, China; Queens Museum of Art, NY; Gwangju Museum of Art, Korea; and galleries throughout Austria, Thailand, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States. Lin has been awarded with Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Award, Sanyu Scholarships, and has participated with NYFA Immigrant Artist Projects, Fountainhead residency as well as the AIM program from the Bronx Museum of Art.